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Volleyball Spotlight:
Devils Snap Losing Streak with Win over Felician

Saturday, September 30, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Felician College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) women's volleyball game this afternoon in Rutherford, New Jersey.

USP took game one 30-14 and followed it up with a 30-28 win in game two and a 30-21 win in game three to take the match. The win improves the Devils record to 7-8 overall and 4-2 in league play. Felician falls to 1-10 overall and 1-7 in CACC games.

Three USP players recorded ten or more kills with Michelle Hogga (Sr., St. Pius X HS/Linfield, Pa.) leading the way with 14. Hogga had just two errors in 22 swings for a .545 attack percentage. Lindsey Wenderoth (Jr., Owings Mills HS/Owings Mills, Md.) added 11 kills while Kirsten Lechner (Fr., DePaul Catholic/ Wayne, N.J.) chipped in 10. For the match the Devils held a 48-20 advantage in kills.

Lechner also had 11 digs for her third double-double of the season. Claire Tauschek (So., Middleton HS/Verona, Wis.) led the Devils with 15 digs while Andrea Cardine (Fr., Reading Central Catholic/ Temple, Pa.) contributed 13.

The Devils finished the match with a 57-26 advantage in digs. Ladonna Landmesser (So., Archbishop Prendergast HS/Drexel Hill, Pa.) had 24 assists while playing just the first two games. Kayleen Pisczcek (Fr., Holy Name/Sinking Spring, Pa.) added 17 assists in the closer.

LaKeisha Milstrey paced Felician with seven kills while Laura Peskosky and Nicole Niedzwicki added seven digs apiece. Milstrey also had seven blocks on the afternoon (six solo).

The Devils cruised in game one, scoring 15 of their first 20 points while serving and opening up a 20-7 lead after the first complete service rotation Tauschek's six straight points boosted the Devils to a 14-2 early lead. Four straight points by Lechner at the start of the second rotation boosted USP's lead to their biggest margin, 17, 24-7 before they settled in for the 30-14 win.

The Devils fought off early 7-2 and 9-4 deficits in game two to take a 13-11 lead after the first complete service rotation. Felician's defense kept them in the game as they chalked up 10 blocks. USP still led 22-21 when the Golden Rams forced a sideout to tie the game and later took the lead, 24-22 on two straight service points by Peskosky. After USP forced a sideout, Cardine recorded three service points of her own and the Devils retook the lead 26-24. The Golden Falcons scored four of the next five points to lead 28-27 before the Devils regained the serve and tied the game at 28-all with a sideout. With Wenderoth serving the Devils scored the next two points to win the game 30-28 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

In the final game, neither team could get any rally going during the first service rotation as the Golden Falcons held onto an early 9-8 lead. After the Devils retook the lead, 11-9, Felician ran off five straight points to make the score 14-11. Tauschek later gave the Devils a 16-15 lead and with the game tied at 18-all, the Devils scored 12 of the next 15 points to win the game 30-21 to take the match in three straight. Megan Wolfe (So., Wausau Newman Catholic/Rothschild, Wis.) recorded five straight service points during the Devils final run.

USP returns home to face first place Georgian Court University on Monday, October 2, 2006. First serve is at 7 p.m.

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